Virginia Tech students contribute to whole-farm agroforestry planning in Catawba and North Fork Valleys
Virginia Tech students are participating in a program connecting them with landowners to solve problems related to soil erosion, biodiversity, crop production and more. Here is a press release from the university:
For a second year, a group of agroforestry students from Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources worked on a collaborative service-learning program with landowners in the Catawba and North Fork valleys and the university’s Catawba Sustainability Center as a component of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation’s agroforestry course.
The program’s primary objective is to facilitate shared whole-farm agroforestry learning — the combination of agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, and sustainable land-use systems — by pairing students with landowners throughout the semester. In addition to lectures and laboratories on agroforestry principles, history, and practices, students conduct a series of service-learning property- and landscape-level assessments. Read more »